During these unusual times our teachers are thinking of new ways to connect with their classes, this increasingly involves new technology! Please understand that our teachers are working hard to regularly set work for children online and to virtually monitor and possibly interact with the children. This may look slightly different for each class at the moment, as each teacher is navigating their own journey with this new technology. Therefore, we ask that you continue to be supportive during these unprecedented times and not necessarily expect instant replies to queries and understand that sometimes feedback may just be a "like or a smiley face"! If we all work together we will come through this stronger and with an increased sense of community! Happy learning!

Welcome to the Orcas Class page

 We are a Year 4 Class and our teacher is Mrs Danielle Smout.

School has reopened. If your child continues to work from home, you will find work on this page every week for your child to complete. Each child has received an orange home learning exercise book in which they can complete the activities, without a need to print sheets. They have also received login details for Purple Mash and ReadTheory. Children work at a different pace, so if your child wants more work than what we have provided or you feel they need something different to stay motivated, then we have provided links to online lessons and useful website for you below. 

This page will be updated weekly on Monday morning. Work set previously will move to the archive at the bottom of this page.
I hope this is helpful to you and your child.

Dear parents, 

We are nearly at the end of the school year. You should receive your child's report on Wednesday 15th July, including information about which class they will be in and their teacher. For the PSHE task this week we would really like you to take some time to discuss the transition to year 5 with your child, especially things they are looking forward to. Below are all the activities for the coming week. Please keep posting your work through ClassDojo. Previous work can be found in the Archive.

Stay safe and have fun.  

Mrs Smout

Home learning activities for this week 

Home learning overview w/c 13.7.20

English overview,  Poem and Colour mats

Reading comprehension - beginner, easytricky, expert


History lesson and task



Back to school resource

My Back to School Bubble is a FREE e-storybook which aims to help children understand the new protective measures that may be in place at their school, in an age-appropriate way. It reinforces public health messages including the importance of hand and respiratory hygiene, while reassuring children that everyone makes mistakes, helping to combat feelings of anxiety, that have been reported by parents.

More information can be found on the E-Bug website.


Online lessons and web-based activities 

For children who would like to do a little more or something different that fits the year 4 curriculum objectives. 



  • writing lessons - Sentence Stacking: The sessions are led by Jane Considine, who devised the writing approach we have adopted at Rye Primary School. Watch a short movie and choose a chunk to write nine fantastic sentences. Sentence Stacking sheet to help you. 
  • RadioBlogging Writing lessons and word games led by Pie Corbett, especially for KS2 children. Pie Corbett is an expert at teaching writing. The radio show is co-hosted by different famous guests each day. Home learning packs put together by Pie Corbett can be found here pack 1
  • Teach handwriting
  • Pobble365 English and writing activities
  • Creative ideas for teaching writing at home. This blog, by a teacher of English, shows the work he is doing at home with his own children who are 7 and 9 years old. 

Other subjects

  • STEM, various home learning activities with a focus on science, computing, technology and maths
  • James Dyson's science challenges
  • BBC Bitesize daily lessons in all subjects.
  • Oak National Academy daily lessons in all subjects. Good for English grammar and maths revision


Helpful resources to download

Times tables 

Fronted adverbials word mat how, when, where words and phrases

Adjectives word mat 1 to describe a noun

Adjectives word mat 2

Conjunctions to extend sentences

Sentence openers for non-fiction

Sentence openers 

Statutory spellings year 4

Maths objectives year 4 number and other maths

Writing objectives year 4

Reading objectives year 4


Useful websites to help with Home Learning

ClassDojo children can post stories, pictures, and videos of their work on ClassDojo, either in their portfolio or via a message for me to put in their portfolio or on Class Story to share with the whole class. It is a great way to stay motivated and connected. The app and website are free to download / use. I look forward to seeing their work. Please contact the school if you did not receive your login details.

How to help your child with maths at home for parents
Maths dictionary for parents
Times Tables Rockstars
Top Marks offers numerous learning games and activities in all subjects
Twinkl (use code UKTWINKLEHELPS for one free month of ultimate membership)
National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics
DK Find Out! Excellent for curious minds


Reading with your child

Oxford Reading Owl for free books
Open Library books to borrow

  • Take turns to make plans and predictions before reading: ‘I wonder if… what do you think?’ ‘You think… Oh, I thought…’ 
  • Recap to check ideas and understanding as your child is reading: ‘So, you think that…’ ‘Did you expect…to happen?’ ‘Why do you think that happened?’
  • Use encouragement and praise to keep children engaged in reading: ‘What brilliant ideas…let’s see what happens.’ ‘You thought so carefully about... What might happen now?’
  • Share prior knowledge and past experiences that link to what is being read: ‘Have you learnt about…at school?’ ‘Do you remember when we watched…and found out about…’
  • Tune-in and listen to your child – be curious about their interests: ‘I didn’t know you knew so much about…’ ‘I love reading stories about...with you.’

Win £5000 of book tokens for our school! 

You know the importance of a good school library: reading for pleasure doesn't just support children's learning, it improves their well-being too.

We'd really appreciate it if you would nominate our school for this fantastic prize, and please ask your friends and families to do the same.  There are no tricky questions to answer (unless it's to find the school postcode, which is TN31 7ND!), and the nomination takes less than a couple of minutes to complete and you can also win £100 of book tokens for yourself. You can nominate Rye Community Primary School by following this link.

Staying active

Cosmic Yoga 
PE with Joe Wicks daily live PE lessons from 9 am
Premier Sports, who run many after school sports clubs, have launched their own YouTube channel to help children stay active. A  new video is posted each day at 3.30 pm. Sessions will focus on activities including dance, gymnastics, football, fitness, basketball, tennis, yoga and more.


Looking after your mental health

A book for children to read, explaining the Coronavirus, how to deal with the impact physically and mentally.

Supporting your child at home downloadable pack from East Sussex County Council

Every mind matters advise from the NHS

Headspace meditation and mindfulness. There is also an app

Young MInds a website offering support for older children

Action your Potential


Other things to do:

  • TALK every day:  

    • Look at the world around you on your daily walk or bike ride through our writing lenses. We call them the FANTASTICs (the five senses: sound, taste, smell, touch, sight and feelings, actions, speech and inner thought). Find good words to describe these.

    • We use shades of meaning in the classroom. Please ask your child questions like, “Is ambling more or less than walking?” or, “Can you find a word that is more than ‘smiling’?”

  • Make up a new board game and card game. Write up the rules and explain it to your family.

  • Learn to juggle (https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/watch/how-to-be-epic-how-to-juggle)
  • Lego challenges
  • Make a time capsule
  • Visit a museum. Lots of museums have opened their virtual doors, not that the physical ones are closed. Draw your favourite object. Tell us about something that surprised you. Kids in Museums have got lots of activities too.
  • Lots of theatre companies are live streaming shows and musicals for free. Why not watch one?
  • Play English-opoly board game and questions
  • Maths relay game 
  • If you have an Alexa ask, "Alexa, open the magic door." See what happens.

Example timetable. Please create one with your child that will work for your family. 


Homelearning overview w/c 6.7.20
Maths day 1 PowerPoint, fluency and reasoning
Maths day 2 PowerPoint, fluency and reasoning
Maths day 3 PowerPoint and fluency
Maths day 4 reasoning and extension
English overviewPoem and Colour mats
Science PowerPoint, activity planner and results
History PowerPoint and fact poster task and match up cards
Beach safety guidance, leaflet, poster, spot the danger activity

Homelearning overview w/c 29.6.20
The mystery of the... Maths
Rounding to the nearest 1000 with activity and answers
Time problems, matching activity and task sheet
Shapes, symmetry and flags
Swimming pool maths
English overview, PowerPoint and writing sheet
Grammar: commas lesson, commas in clauses
Rye Writers: Write a Newspaper Report on a Rye Primary sporting event of your choice. 
Newspaper features, newspaper planning sheet and writing tips
Sport Day activities and score sheet
Art and history overview
Art PowerPoint and activity cards
Beach safety guidance, leaflet, poster, spot the danger activity

Homelearning overview w/c 22.06.20
Maths day 1
Maths day 2
Maths day 3
Maths day 4 instructions, statements and grid
10 minutes maths tasks
English Reading comprehension
English grammar (speech)
Persuasive writing day 1 and 2
Book review
Rye Writers Task

Homelearning overview w/c 15.6.20
Maths Day 1 PowerPoint
Maths Day 2 PowerPoint and task
Maths Day 3 PowerPoint and task 1 and task 2
Maths Day 4 Player 1 and Player 2
Maths Day 5 Task sheet
English overview
Rye Writers: finish your letters
History PowerPoint and task sheet
Roman empire map and task 
Roman bread

Home learning overview w/c 8.6.20
Maths day 1 activity
Maths day 2 PowerPoint and activity
Maths day 3 PowerPoint, activity 1 and activity 2
Maths day 4 activity
Maths day 5 activity and squared paper
English overview
Model text
Speech day 1
Box up for day 4
Rye Writers
History PowerPoint

Term 6 Topic overview
Home learning overview Term 6, week 1 w/c 1.6.20
English lessons overview
Model text
Rye Writers helpful resources: nature word mat, forest word mat. countryside word mat, poetry language planner 
Maths day 1 PowerPoint and activities
Maths day 2 PowerPoint and activities or alternative
Maths day 3 PowerPoint and activities
Maths day 4 PowerPoint and activities or alternative
Maths day 5 Problem-solving task
Britain before the Romans and activity sheet
Roman Mosaics and activity sheet
ICT creating a PowerPoint master template

Home learning overview Term 5, week 5 w/c 18.5.20
Maths lesson 1 PowerPoint  and Activities
Maths lesson 2 PowerPoint and Activities
Maths lesson 3 PowerPoint and Activities or Alternative Lesson and Activities (for those children who are not confident telling time to the nearest minute)
Maths lesson 4 PowerPoint and Activities
Maths lesson 5 Time reasoning cartoons or if lesson 4 was a bit tricky, please practise more using this Converting Time sheet.
Alternative: if your child is able to read time, both analogue (clock face) and digital, including the 24-hour clock then please use this Consolidation Pack
English daily lesson sheet and weblinks
English PowerPoint day 1 and day 2
Non-chronological reports (choose 1)
Science activity sheet
Geography activity sheet 
PSHE lesson and challenge cards and activity sheet 

Home learning overview T5, week 4 w/c 11.5.20
Maths lesson 1 PowerPoint and activities
Maths lesson 2 PowerPoint and activities
Maths lesson 3 PowerPoint and activities
Maths lesson 4 PowerPoint and activities
Maths Reasoning: Coin investigation and activity sheet
Grammar PowerPoint and activity sheet 1 and activity sheet 2
The Great Kapok Tree week 4 and model text
Rye Writers Suspense Story
Geography water cycle PowerPoint and activity sheet
PSHE PowerPoint and activity sheet

Home learning overview Term 5, week 3 w/c 4.5.20
Maths lesson 1 activities and answer sheet
Maths lesson 2 PowerPoint and activities (or try 'I know... so...' (28th April) on this page http://www.iseemaths.com/lessons34/)
Maths lesson 3 activities and answer sheet
Maths lesson 4 PowerPoint and activities (or try 'Comparing prices' (2nd April) on this page http://www.iseemaths.com/lessons34/)
The Great Kapok Tree week 3 and Model text week 3
Rye Writers and Evacuee word mat
GPS PowerPoint with activity 1 and activity 2

Home learning overview w/c 27.04.20
Maths lesson 1 PowerPoint and activity sheet
Maths lesson 2 activity sheet and answer sheet
Maths lesson 3 PowerPoint and activity sheet 
Maths lesson 4 activity sheet and answer sheet
Maths lesson 5 PowerPoint and activity sheet
The Great Kapok Tree week 2
Deforestation reading comprehension
Model text
Planning sheet and guidance
Rye Writers and descriptive setting words 
Grammar PowerPoint and activity sheet
Science  adaptation lesson 1 with activity 1 and activity 2
French lesson

Home learning w/c 20.04.20
Weekly overview Term 5 week 1
Maths lesson 1 pupil sheet and answer sheet
Maths lesson 2 PowerPoint and pupil sheet
Maths lesson 3 pupils sheet and answer sheet
Maths lesson 4 PowerPoint and pupil sheet
Maths lesson 5 pupil sheet and answer sheet
English Grammar PowerPoint and pupil sheet 1 and pupil sheet 2 
The Great Kapok Tree week 1
Writing jotter example
Rye Writers activity: write a fictional newspaper report about the sinkhole that has appeared in the school grounds.  
features of a newspaper article    planning sheet     newspaper template

Home learning activities w/c 06.04.20
Maths games and activities
Easter grammar and spelling mystery
Easter maths mystery
Rye Writers 2
Multiplication mosaic
Take one sentence 2

Homelearning activities w/c 30.03.20
Fluent in 5 week 3
Rapid reasoning week 3
Addition and subtraction work
Take one sentence 1
Grammar prepositional phrases
Magic Tree writing activity
Science habitat powerpoint
Science activity
Rye Writers Can you write a science-fiction story about this picture (click on the link)? 

Home learning w/c 23.03.20
Area work
Perimeter work
Place value work
Grammar work
Fluent in Five week 2
Rapid reasoning week 2
Fractions consolidation pack

Year 4 home learning letter self-isolation
Fluent in Five week 1
Rapid reasoning week 1

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